Screen production spending up in South Australia

The South Australia screen industry is contributing more to the state’s economy according to a new report by Deloitte Access Economics.

The South Australian screen industry has contributed a record $119.5 million to the state’s economy in the past financial year. Recent TV projects have included Upright, The Hunting, Pine Gap, Wanted and Deadly Family Portraits.

Direct spending from screen production (Film / TV / Online) has almost doubled since the last report, from $38.8 million in 2013/14 to $65.5 million in 2017/2018. The indirect contribution towards other industries from screen production is $54 million compared to $38 million in 2013/14.

The report found a total of 1,170 local jobs in the industry, while for every two jobs within the screen production industry, around one job is supported elsewhere in the local economy.

“The SAFC supported 18 projects in the past financial year, including feature films I Am Mother, and Storm Boy which were shot in South Australia,” Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni, said.

“The SAFC provided $5.3 million for production resulting in more than $35 million being spent in South Australia during production.”

“In this period, we have seen strong local jobs growth in the screen industry sector, with more than 1,100 full-time-equivalent jobs created compared to 754 FTEs in 2013 / 2014.

“I now look forward to more opportunities coming to our state after the Premier and I met with Hollywood production houses in January, espousing the creative and production benefits of the screen industry in South Australia.”

An additional $13.9 million is expected to be spent in South Australia as a result of the State Government’s Post Production, Digital and Visual Effects rebate scheme which provided $1.4 million towards seven productions in the last financial year.

SAFC chief executive, Courtney Gibson, said, “As well as delivering brilliant content to growing audiences, we are creating more jobs than ever before in the screen sector and throughout the broader South Australian economy.”

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